Cemetery History (G-Z)

J. A. Falconer

J. A. Falconer fought heroically for the Union Cause during the American Civil War. In 1999, many years following his death, Falconer was awarded a Medal of Honor along with a 39 inch tall tombstone enlayed in 24 carat gold which is located at the Southeast corner of the Sunset Hill. His former tombstone consisted of a basic marble slab which had sunk deep into the ground.

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John Falconer was born during 1844 in Washtenaw, Michigan and enlisted into the 17th Michigan Regiment of the Infantry on June 21, 1862 while he was 18 years old. For his gallant fighting at Fort Saunders in Knoxville, Tennesee on the third day of June during 1865. Falconer would later be awarded the Medal of Honor. Like many veterans during this day, Falconer received his Medal through the mail and while the award was never officially presented by a military officer. After our 55 year old local hero passed away on April 1, 1900, his family would move to the state of Washington before the close of the decade.

People have known for years about the location of John Falconer’s cemetery plot at Sunset Hill but could not place a decorated gravestone on the location. Because historians had been unable to locate any living family member, nobody was available to grant the government permission to make the change. The break came in December of 1998 when Betty Harvey Williams, working for the Johnson County Historical Society, discovered an amazing letter that would forever change the look of Falconer’s grave. In the letter, written by Grace Ackerly in 1958 discussing deeds to the remaining plots surrounding Falconer’s burial site, Ackerly writes the statement, “I am the sole survivor of John Falconer.”

Upon further research, Grace Ackerly was 26 years old and living in Warrensburg when the census of 1900 was taken. Therefore, Ackerly must have been in her eighties when her 1958 letter indicated that she was the last remaining relative. Since, Ackerly has since passed away, there are no more living relatives in the lineage of John Falconer which means that a decorated tombstone may be put in place without having to have permission from anyone!

Therefore, on June 12, 1999, a special ceremony was organized by the Medal of Honor Society, Johnson County Historical Society, and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865 in order to honor the heroics of John Falconer over 130 years earlier. The grave was dedicated, the town of Warrensburg celebrated, and John Falconer finally had his award presented by a military officer. 

Reverend Robert A. Foster

This teacher and preacher would honorably serve Yankee regiments as a chaplain and teach his family as a patriotic guide. In the Battle of Lone Jack, Robert’s son Emry was severely wounded and another son C. Morris felt a bullet pierce through his left lung. His fourth son Melville was wounded while fighting at Briar Creek while the most unusual occurrence took place prior to the war even starting. In a political debate in the old Johnson County Courthouse which still stands as a historical building on Main Street, oldest son Marsh Foster was shot and killed by a rebel sympathizer in February of 1861. To many, he was the first martyr of the Civil War.

Harry R. Garrison

Like president Grover Cleveland, Harry Garrison was an official on two separate locations. He served Warrensburg as mayor from 1929 through 1933 and again from 1947 through 1955. Garrison also served on the Board of Regents at CMSU and there was some gossip from high ranking political associates in Kansas City about Garrison running for governor. Garrison worked as the editor of the Standard Herald which has become the Warrensburg Gazette.

Martha E. Gilbert

In a time when only a few women volunteered for the armed services, Martha Gilbert was active in the Woman’s Army Corps during World War II. After proudly serving our nation, Martha returned to Missouri and became a school teacher.

Leonard Goodall

In a grave marked by the name Goodall, lies the inventor of the horizontal engine who was helped along by a small engine manufacturer. Despite having a wooden leg, Goodall overcame all adversity and ran a successful manufacturing and lawn mower company here in Warrensburg. When antagonists questioned his theory stating that the pistons placed sideways would run out, Goodall scoffed at their attacks. Time proved him right.

Myrtle T. Goodwin

Near the southeast corner of Sunset Hill lies perhaps the oldest person in it, Myrtle T. Goodwin. Born on December 30, 1887, her 108 year, 7 month and 29 day life ended on August 27, 1996. She is buried near her family.

Noel B. Grinstead

Grinstead Hall, a building located at Central Missouri State University, is dedicated to the honor of Noel Grinstead. For years, Noel taught industrial arts at the college and he is buried beside his wife Berne and his parents.

Benjamin W. Grover

Lying beneath the shade of a large tree about 30 yards away from the East Entrance, lays an entire section dedicated to one of Warrensburg’s most time honored families. As one of the founding fathers of Warrensburg, Benjamin Grover served Missouri in the Senate and his effort became the main reason for bringing the railroad through Warrensburg.

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Though Martin Warren was the first person to move to this area, the title for the most influential human being in the early history of Warrensburg would have to belong to Colonel Benjamin W. Grover. A scholar, politician, civic leader, and military veteran, the influence of Grover’s leadership in the early foundation of Warrensburg is unprecedented.

Benjamin Grover moved to Warrensburg about a decade following Martin Warren in 1844 and was later elected to serve Missouri as a state senator. Grover appealed to a wide variety of people as he was described by one Johnson County citizen as “a man of no ordinary ability, and although a whig in politics, he could safely count on 200 democratic votes in his support.” Amazingly, unlike modern candidates, the humble Grover made only one campaign speech while running for senate.

As the railroad moved west, Warrensburg needed a focused individual with a fiery spirit that could gain the attention of the powerful legislators who had the course of the railroad in the palm of their hands. On the table were two main proposals. The first, and probably the least expensive and most logical plan, was for the railroad to follow the Missouri River connecting prosperous river towns together like a trade route. The alternative plan, and the one strongly endorsed by Grover, was to bring the railroad inland through small villages and sparsely populated counties like Johnson. Grover vehemently argued that the state had a responsibility to develop all areas of the state and not stay isolated with the obvious and already wealthy towns on the river. It also helped that Grover was able to raise large sums of money known as subscriptions (also called bribes) to help influence state representatives that Warrensburg owned the kind of wealth worthy of a railroad stop.

Also a shrewd business man, Grover had planned to make a large quantity of money because the plan to bring the railroad into Warrensburg was initially set to travel directly through his property with the depot resting nicely on his estate. With this, Grover could easily have sold off his land at inflated prices as the merchants of the community raced to place their businesses beside this monstrous attraction. As the plan turned out, the whistlestop would end up moving the center of town about a half mile eastward and on Major Holden’s property, a rival to Grover in real estate.

When Grover perished at 50 years old on October 30, 1861, the city of Warrensburg held its head low. Colonel James A. Mulligan, a soldier who served with Grover during the Civil War had the following to say about him in a personal letter written to his wife, “Your husband rendered me constant aid during the dark days of Lexington. I remember him with pride. No man did his duty more nobly. I will not forget him.” When the track finally reached Warrensburg in 1864 (3 years following Grover’s death), his beloved son George S. Grover proudly raised the American Flag at the station as the city celebrated their own sense of freedom on the Fourth of July, 1864.

John C. Grover Jr

In a section dedicated to the Grover Family, one will notice the gravestone of John C. Grover Jr. When this military man passed away in 1987, his corpse was cremated. Some of John’s ashes were buried with his family at Sunset Hill. The rest of his remains are proudly stationed in Washington D.C. at Arlington National Cemetery.

Amber LaVie Harlan

Hidden underneath a teardrop or candlelight shaped gravestone, about 30 yards east of the road leading to the work barn, lies the remains of 33 year old Amber LaVie Harlan. Her tombstone reads, “A Beautiful Bride Sleeps In Lace. The Spirit Of Love With An Angel’s Face.”

Laura Mae Harmon

Born on the 4th of July, 1905, Laura Mae Harmon evidently knew her Creator well. When she perished in 1992, her children left her praises on her tombstone claiming, “Here Lies A Godly Woman!” and “We’ll See You Again Mom!” Laura might have taught her children to pray now I lay me down to sleep. To this, her family triumphantly responds we thank you Lord our Mom you keep.

A. B. Harrison

A ten foot high monument with a dove placed atop serves as a reminder of the tragic death of A. B. Harrison when his home collapsed on him. His wife writes her final letter to him on his gravestone, “Sleep husband dear, and take your rest. ‘Twas hard indeed to part with thee, but Christ’s strong arm supported.”

Eldo Lewis Hendricks

Buried beside a giant vase commemorating the Bass Family, lies the remains of the 22 year long University President Eldo Hendricks. From 1915 to 1937, Eldo Hendricks ran Central Missouri State University when it was still a teacher’s college. Eldo’s grave lies next to his wife Viola and CMSU has an entire hall named in his honor.

Major N. B. Holden

Warrensburg stared the Civil War in the face as both sides had large practicing military factions. Major Holden became a casualty of this country-wide crisis as he was assassinated in the middle of the night. His tombstone reads, “Assassinated at his residence, in Warrensburg, at 1:00 A.M.”

Dr. Joe M. Hopping

Dr. Hopping quotes the angels at Christ’s tomb when his tombstone asks, “Why Seek Ye The Living Among The Dead? He Is Not Here, But He Is Risen.” Hopping’s gravestone may be seen about 25 paces west of the Jesus Monument.

George Wilson Houts

Though a Civil War battle was never officially fought in Warrensburg, the town was heavily divided over the conflict. Even prior to the Emancipation Proclamation, George Wilson Houts decided that slavery was an immoral institution and freed his eleven slaves. This not only made him unpopular by many townspeople, but also made the Civil War veteran who served in the 2nd Virginia Infantry disliked by his own family, many of whom were Confederates.

Infant Daughter of Houx

Nestled in the Eastern section of the cemetery just up from the East Gate lies five small white stones belonging to the Houx family. The fourth of the five stones belongs to an infant daughter who has the oldest grave in the cemetery dating back to 1834. More Houx family members are buried together further down Cheatham Drive and others are spread out around the cemetery.

Amanda E. Jackson-Bernand

Tucked away in the deep northwest corner of Sunset Hill lies a small section dedicated to the indigent, or the poorer people of Warrensburg. Created during the Great Depression, visitors will view headstones, lined in short rows, that appear to be little more than cement blocks. Many of the deceased had no living relatives and some only had three people show up to their funeral: the funeral director, the preacher, and the grave digger. People buried there are remembered by only their name and the year of their death. Amanda E. Jackson-Bernard’s grave lays a somber 15 feet away from a memorial, erected by the county court of 1940, marking the memories of those who perished.

Thelma W. Jones

When Thelma Jones passed away in 1994, generations of loved ones mourned the loss of their dear friend. Her tombstone reads, “Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, And The World’s Best Cook. We Miss You.” Hopefully, the loving 89 year old great grandmother passed on her favorite cookie recipe before God called her home.

James C. Kirkpatrick

Buried beneath a shady tree lies a politician that brought light to Warrensburg. James C. Kirkpatrick, a 1929 Central Missouri State graduate, served the state of Missouri for 20 years as Secretary of State. The 30 million dollar library located at CMSU was named and dedicated to the legacy of Kirkpatrick and to the assistance he provided his alma mater. The Kirkpatrick Historical Room at the library is decorated in Irish Green and located on the second floor.

Mildred Martha McBride

American poet Anne Bradstreet wrote “Farewell sweet babe, the pleasure of mine eye, farewell fair flower that for a space was lent” when her one year old grandchild passed away. The family of Mildred McBride must have felt the same way when their 14 year old seedling perished in 1907. The cross on her grave reads, “She Was But A Flower, Too Good For The Earth.”

Samuel G. McCluney

As the President of the Game Breader’s Association, Samuel McCluney touched the lives of many of Warrensburg’s citizens. When this published author perished in August of 1967, every florist in the city was sold out and extra flowers had to be ordered. His grave is located not to far away from the Statue of Jesus Holding Child near the northwest lot.

Charles E. Miller

80 year old Charles Miller is buried beside his 91 year old wife Bernice. Charles, a World War I veteran, worked as a carpenter in a corner building at the south side of East Pine across from the old post office.

Samuel Milliken

Buried with his wife Marie C. Goheen and with family members nearby, Samuel Milliken’s grave leaves a message of hope for loved ones. The tombstone reads, “No Pain, No Grief, No Anxious Fear, Can Harm the Peaceful Sleepers Here.”

Frank Thomas Moriarty

Make sure to salute the grave of 97 year old American Hero Frank Moriarty. This army veteran served our country in both World Wars. This University instructor’s tombstone is engraved with a typewriter, a cross, and a rolled up scroll.

Timothy & Margaret Murphy

Reminding people today about the blessing of modern medicines stands the 19th century graves of Timothy and Margaret Murphy and their six children: John T., Margaret, Maria, Thomas, Rosa, and Agnes. No child lived to see their fourth birthday.

Alex Samuel Nassif

Alex Nassif, who proudly served our country during the second World War, ran a successful shoe business here in Warrensburg. Alex, an immigrant who was born five days before the turn of the 20th Century in Lebanon, Syria, donated money for the creation of our community swimming pool which was named in his honor.

Amy Jo North

During an emotionally charged ceremony in 1998, Warrensburg laid to rest 16 year old Amy Jo North following her tragic death in a fatal car accident. Amy’s funeral was probably the largest ceremony in the history of Sunset Hill when an estimated 1000 people in a 500 car procession said goodbye to their departed friend. Her gravestone is one of the most highly decorated places in the cemetery as people have come to give small memories and large teardrops to Amy.

Albert C. Owings

About a year prior to Pearl Harbor, Albert’s unit mobilized for their preparation of war. Serving as the Chief Warrant Officer of the 35th Division, this soldier proudly served his country during the second World War. In a side note, Albert’s father, who takes precisely the same name, had previously served our nation during the first World War.

Katura Hall Gallaher (Gillum)

Underneath a stone tree with a cross engraved into it, lies the remains of a young wife of John A. Gallaher named Katura Hall Gallaher (Gillum). Located a stone’s throw away from the Confederate Monument, one can view this fossil. Interesting enough, located right next to Catherine’s grave is John’s second wife Pauline G. Gillum. Her grave is also marked with an unusual structure: a large vase with a sundial on top.

Kenneth N. Robinson

About five steps off of Cheatham Drive close to half way between the Cheatham and DeFur Monuments, lies the remains of World War I army veteran Kenneth Robinson. As the main source of supplies to the college, Kenneth owned the university book store where students bought their textbooks.

Thomas A. Runk

Buried beneath a shady tree about three steps off the southern pocket of Collins Avenue, lies the remains of 52 year old Vietnam veteran Thomas Runk. Thomas, who proudly fought for the freedom of the South Vietnamese people, perished in 1997.

Henry Hagan Russell

Henry Russell, who went by H. H., ran the successful Russell Clothing Store located in the cities of Marshall, Clinton, Sedalia, and Warrensburg. H. H. served our city as mayor and was very active in pursuing an air base in the area. His grave is surrounded by family and lies cattycorner to the Vivian Cheatham DeFur Monument.

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Over the years, many citizens of Warrensburg gave of themselves in order to make the city and the lives of other people. Henry Hagan Russell was one of these giving people. His commitment to the community was astounding and Warrensburg residents deeply appreciate his leadership. Following is a short list of general information and accomplishments of the life of H. H. Russell.

Named in the honor of his grandfather Henry J. Russell, H. H. Russell was born in November of 1898. After graduating high school in 1916 and marrying his lovely bride Ida Mae Wolfe two years later, H. H. would go on to serve Warrensburg in many ways. When he perished in 1984 at 85 years old, our city lost one of the most significant men in our history.

During the spring of 1919, Russell would take over the leadership of the Russell Brothers Clothing Company and expand it to a new location and triple its size. He would later franchise his store into three others and serve the surrounding area with high quality clothing and extremely fair prices.

Russell was an active member of the Warrensburg City Council for four years between 1957 through 1961.

Russell was the mayor of Warrensburg for four years from….

In 1950, he was an active participant on the Community Council which assisted in reactivating Whiteman Air Force Base.

The Knob Noster State Park (Montserrat State Park) was created during his time as Chamber of Commerce President back in 1935-1936.

He was the leader of the Hale Lake Road Committee which led the mission to create a highway linking Knob Noster with Warrensburg which is currently known to the community as Highway DD.

H. H. held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol.

As a long time Elks Lodge member, Russell’s leadership included the following titles: Exalted Ruler, District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, Grand Esteemed Lecturing Knight of the Grand Lodge System, Grand Lodge Credential Committee Member, and even the esteemed position of President of the Missouri State Elks Lodge Association.

For over 20 years, Russell was the state leader for the Elks National Foundation which awarded over 80 scholarships to high school students who desired to broaden their education by attending a college or university. Moreover, Russell was one of only five people in the entire country who served on the Grand Lodge Youth Activities Committee.

As a military veteran, Russell proudly became one of the original 50 members of the American Legion Post 131. The American Legion Hall was acquired during his term as post commander.

He served the educational system of Warrensburg with his six year tenure on the Board of Education and even became school board president in 1950.

Additional downtown parking lots were added because of the active pursuit of the committee which Russell led.

Russell was an active Shriner and a member of the Hound Dawg Shrine Club.

In honor of his father (Winfrey B. Russell who was known to the community as the “Sports Fan One” of Warrensburg), H. H. hosted an annual fall sports banquet for both college and high school teams.

James Ryan & James E. Basham

City Marshall Ryan and Night Marshall Basham were fatally shot and killed in a 1908 shootout at the old Estes Hotel (which used to be located to the southern cattycorner of City Hall). Byron Hall, declared insane by the testimonies of witnesses and family members, was apparently under the belief that attackers were pursuing him for $500 he had earned herding sheep. Before Hall committed suicide by shooting himself into his own heart, he shot Ryan 3 times and sent Basham to his death with a steel bullet that passed entirely through the Night Marshall’s body. Basham and Ryan are both buried about 100 feet North of the Confederate Memorial.

John N. & Ruby Duncan Sandridge

Taking it easy beneath a shady tree in the far west side of the cemetery lies the remains of John and Ruby Sandridge. In a gravestone shaped like a park bench, visitors can take a load off as the remember the Sandridges, who ran a successful pawn store in Warrensburg. Both John and Ruby’s smiling faces are cemented into their headstone, and into eternity.

 

James C. Shanks

James Shanks was either in, or had just finished dental school when his country called him to serve in World War II. Following the war, Captain Shanks returned to run successful dental businesses in Chilhowee and in Warrensburg.

Steven Thomas Sharp

Buried between two potted plants engraved with praying hands lies Steven Thomas Sharp, the 24 year old son of William and Ethelyn. This gravestone, located near the above ground mausoleum of Charlotte Patton, is completed with a tiny statue of the Virgin Mary and the phrase, “I’m As Free As A Bird Now.” Etched by the name Sharp is a bird flying away.

Beryl A. Shults

Located in the pocket corner of Collins Avenue lies the largest and most decorated cross in Sunset Hill. Beryl Shults, who passed away in 1996 just 10 days away from her 50th birthday, is buried beneath a 58 inch black and white cross. Another cross, standing 52 inches tall, can be found in the back far west of the cemetery to mark the gravesites of Edward Henry & Anna Reynolds Eckel.

Harvey M. & Effie R. Sullivan

Harvey Sullivan, member of the 17th Illinois Calvary during the Civil War, lays beside his wife Effie and between two giant evergreen trees measuring nearly 11 feet tall. Effie was 16 years younger than Harvey and she died 17 years after her soul mate perished in 1921.

Statue of Christ and Child

Visible to cars traveling west on Business 50, people may see a large stone statue of Jesus holding a young child. The Savior is clothed in the traditional garments with sandals while holding the right hand of a small child who is clinging to the Lord’s shoulder. To some, it may appear that the child had fallen down and Jesus is taking care of the tiny scratch.

Harland A. Tempel

Harland Tempel, who received a Purple Heart for heroics during the second World War while serving in the European Theatre, is buried beside his beloved wife Velva. Happily married for 52 years, both husband and wife died soon after reaching their 75 years of age. At the grave of this former Johnson County Sheriff, Matthew 31:28 tells people to “Come To Me, All Who Labor And Are Burdened, And I Will Give You Rest.”

Charles H. & Jessica M. Thompson

Buried in the S1 section of the cemetery, standing out among a host of other stones, is a tiny marble vase belonging to the memory of the Thompsons. Surrounded by other older gravestones belonging to numerous African-Americans, this area of Sunset Hills shows that when it came to segregation, not even cemeteries were immune.

Charles E. & Lonia I. Todd

When Charles and Lonia were married on the blistery Christmas Eve of 1908, they expected to grow old and die together. After death did them part in 1930, Lonia would live an additional 50 years before she perished at 92 years old.

Union Memorial

Situated between two plants potted in stone stands a 21 foot high Memorial commemorating the Northern Soldiers of the Civil War. A mustached soldier firmly grasping his rifle with both clenched hands, grabs the attention of everyone who enters Sunset Hill through the East Entrance. “In Memory of Union Soldiers and Sailors” is proudly carved into a marble block within the statue that gives gratitude to the dozen and a half graves located in the general vicinity. In a side note, when this statue was renovated in 1965, his rifle was missing and his nose had been shot.

Martin Warren

Near the East Entrance and about ten paces away from the Union Memorial, one can honor the grave of the founder of our proud city, Martin Warren. This pioneer served as a Private in the Virginia Continental Line during the American Revolutionary War and his name can be seen etched in stone between the Holy Cross and the Sons of the American Revolution Emblem. Though people searching through the old cemetery off of Gay Street will discover another tombstone belonging to our city’s founder, his body was moved to Sunset Hill in 1915.

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The namesake of our city belongs to a man born in Augusta County, Virginia back in 1763. The son of James Warren, Martin joined the Revolutionary War under the leadership of Captain John Daugherty and General George Rogers Clark at 18 years of age. Martin honored our nation proudly as he fought with George Washington in the legendary battle of Valley Forge. From 1781 to the end of the war in 1783, Martin served either in the militia or the regulars in the “Illinois Department” which mainly fought on the western frontier. Survival was vicious in the frontier as unpredictable guerrilla warfare often took the place of conventional warfare.

A not so distant cousin of Martin Warren also fought for freedom during the Revolutionary War and would eventually pay the ultimate price. General Joseph Warren, killed in action during the Battle of Bunker Hill, was in the family lineage of Martin Warren’s grandfather’s brother.

Martin Warren I Martin Warren I’s Brother

James Warren General Joseph Warren

Martin Warren II

Following the war, our hometown hero married Sarah Dunbar who would give birth to their eight children (seven boys and one girl):

1. James Dunbar 1785-1840

2. Martin Jr. 1790-1850

3. John 1795-1879

4. Anderson 1798-1855

5. Thomas Chilton 1802-1890

6. Madison 1805-c1840

7. William A. 1807-?

8. Mary (Polly) Margaret 1810-c1834

Their loving marriage would last for 46 years and ended when Sarah passed away.

The Martins moved from either Maryland or Virginia into Kentucky and would later move to Missouri in 1816. Years later, in 1833, Martin Warren would finally settle in Johnson County, three whole years prior to any thought of placing a town in this location. His Revolutionary War service land grant entitled him to 80 acres of land which he took within the confines of present day Warrensburg. At the time, the acres consisted of nice quality timber and a prairie perfect for Martin’s occupation as a farmer. Martin proceeded to build one of the largest log houses in western Missouri with two main connecting rooms on the main level, each about 20 square feet apiece. Each room had large chimneys, one made of stone and the other created out of bricks while the upper level contained a hall, another room, and an attic. A separate 20 square foot building was created to the west of the main house and used as a kitchen as was customary at the time out of fear of fires.

It would appear that Martin Warren may not have been overly excited about the possibility of placing a town in this locale. When Martin was asked if he would be willing to sell some farmland in order to create a town in this vicinity, Warren is reported as saying either one or both of the following:

  1. “I do not believe in starting any more one horse towns; but, [I] will give you what land you want on top of the hill. I will not ruin my good farm land.”
  2. “[I] wouldn’t give up good farm land for another one horse town.”

Either way, Martin Warren eventually gave in and sold the property up on the hill and Warrensburg received its official start on May 9, 1836.

At 70 years old, Martin Warren would marry again, this time to a lady named Ruth Cole. About a decade later, Martin would sell his farm to a prominent citizen named Benjamin Grover who would later have to be sued before all payments were made for the land and log cabin he had acquired. The entire conflict would not be resolved until after Martin Warren’s death at his son Thomas’s house on the Cliff Baile Farm (located 13 miles southwest of Warrensburg) on August 19, 1852.

People driving east on Gay Street, from the old part of Warrensburg by Main Street towards Highway 13, will notice a slightly southern bend in the road immediately following Holden Street. Years ago, when Warrensburg was being drawn up and plans were being created for the main east-west road, there was a minor obstacle in the plans. If Gay Street continued straight, it would have run directly into the Martin Warren Log Cabin which used to sit where the current post office now resides. Therefore, the direction of the road changes and does not really begin to straighten out until the slight northern bend located by the hospital. It seems almost poetic, the man who navigated the first path into the city would indirectly change the main road of the town! 

Paul Verle Webb

Located beside a beautifully sculpted flower bed, lies the remains of World War II veteran Paul Verle Webb. The artistic sculpture includes engravings of numerous children or angels performing a religious celebration.

Michael Wayne Whisenhunt

In the Memorial Section near the beautiful statue of Jesus carrying a young child, lies the grave of eight day old Michael Whisenhunt. Surrounded by numerous, permanent flower vases, Michael’s gravestone shows a teddy bear playing on a swing and reads, “Playing In God’s Garden.”

Frank E. Whittington

Near the massive, homemade, above ground mausoleum located at the back of the cemetery, lies the remains of Frank Whittington. Frank created the structure to honor his wife’s request not to be buried in the ground.